You are capable of about a hundred times more than you think you are. This is sort of related to my post about Body Clocks– I promise, you seriously underestimate yourself. There’s a conception about what’s a “normal” amount of things to do and how busy people are these days. That may be true, but our bodies are built to handle stress! I’m not saying that we don’t all deserve downtime- hey, I make sure I have time for a nice cup of tea at night and a pretty substantial amount of nice, restorative yoga a couple times a week. But if you do have to go on a seriously intense spree of work, I promise you will survive.
This is a thought that I have periodically around certain times- mid-semester projects, juries, finals, deadlines at work. Today I was wigging out a bit about my impending recital and the other two concerts in which I am performing in the three days immediately preceding it (not to mention all of the schoolwork and job stuff as well). I haven’t come that close to a genuine freakout in quite awhile, and it was not something pleasant to experience. I just had to keep reminding myself that it is not the end of the world, and that I can still balance my life. Just make some time and take a few extra minutes to breathe. And on Sunday after my recital, I am going to do nothing for the entire day. Being busy is just another cyclical part of life, as is making some time to relax afterwards.
In case you need some perspective about what you and your body are actually capable of, here’s a list of awesome facts (I love lists):
- Your stomach acid can dissolve metals.
- Human bone is stronger than concrete- it can hold as much weight as granite!
- Your brain can hold between 3 and 1,000 terabytes of information (makes midterms sound easy)
- Your brain is immune to pain (think harder)!
- Your heart can squirt blood 30 feet (don’t try this at home)
- One human hair can hold 3.5 ounces
- Your hair is basically indestructible, other than by fire.
- If it really came down to it, you could still be alive without your spleen, 75% of your liver, 80% of your intestines, a kidney, a lung, and nearly all of the stuff in your pelvic area.
- Your nose can remember over 50,000 scents (can someone harness this power to memorise other stuff?)
- You can go for ten days without sleeping.
- You can go for a month or two without food.